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03-06-2008 02:41 PM  10 years agoPost 1
lesodell3

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i have a large usb backup drive that i move a lot of big files on, so when i looked at it in disk defrag it shows fragmentation so do you defrag it ? or not, will it make it faster to defrag it

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03-06-2008 02:53 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Drunk Monk

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It will make it slightly faster but you may not notice any improvement. It's worth doing every now and again.


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03-06-2008 02:54 PM  10 years agoPost 3
nojohnny101

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hey
my understanding is the defrag doesn't improve performance (or so little that you wouldn't notice it)

but what defrag does is makes it less likely that files will become corrupted or have fatal errors...

if you have the time (how large is the drive?) then i don't see why not....usually it's an overnight job

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03-06-2008 04:34 PM  10 years agoPost 4
nappyroots2182

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it will improve speed. i do it about once a month. when you delete file it opens up sectors or spaces in the hard drive. then next ime you open a program it has to work over thos spaces which slows down. defrag organizes all files to get rid of these space and puts everything in an order in can find files faster. you should do it once in a while. itll take a while first time you do it

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03-06-2008 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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The drive skipping over spaces isn't the problem caused by fragmentation, the problem is that files get split into section and put into what ever gaps they will fit to save space. This means that when a file needs to be retrieved the file has to be read from several different places on the hard drive which causes a loss in speed. Defragging the drive is where the os collects all the fragmented files and joins them back together again and rearranges all the info on the drive so that all the data is contiguous and reading info from the drive is a bit quicker. With the speed of todays drives this doesn't really much of an increase in speed.


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